Former Mossad chief: Iran ‘not even close to acquiring nuclear weapon’

October 14, 2021 by JNS
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Former Mossad director Yossi Cohen said on Tuesday that Iran’s position is weaker than it has been in the past.

Mossad director Yossi Cohen attends a ceremony for the appointment of the new chief of Military Intelligence at Glilot military base near Tel Aviv, March 28, 2018. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90

“I think that Iran, to this day, is not even close to acquiring a nuclear weapon. … This is due to longstanding efforts by some forces in the world,” he said at The Jerusalem Post Conference.

Speaking to the news publication, he noted that there is more opposition to Iran’s nuclear program now than in the past, as there is “less foreign support” for its activities.

If Iran were to develop nuclear weapons, Cohen asserted that Israel must stop it on its own.

“They should not sleep quietly in Iran,” he said, according to the report.

Regarding the 2015 nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the United States left in May 2018 and which Biden administration has been involved in indirect talks to re-enter an agreement—Cohen said: “it is not comprehensive; it has to be comprehensive.”

He added that the deal needs to be redone to be effective.

The former Mossad chief now serves as head of SoftBank’s investment operations in Israel.



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